Who is Fabio Carvalho? The Fulham star wanted by Liverpool and Madrid

Martin Macdonald
Martin Macdonald 19 Jan 2022 11:31 CET 6 min read
Fulham's Fabio Carvalho, a target for Real Madrid

Fulham are currently in pole position to make a return to the Premier League following a superb season so far in the Championship.

A bonus for the London outfit has been the performances of young attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho, who is attracting some admiring glances from Europe's elite/

The 19-year-old made his debut for the Cottagers in the Premier League last season and has remained with the squad after relegation.

In the second tier, he has emerged as as a potential star and is now viewed as a key player for Marco Silva's side in their pursuit of promotion back to the Premier League.

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If Carvalho's performances continue, though, Fulham might not be able to hold on to him for long, especially if Liverpool and Real Madrid are sniffing around.

Recent reports have suggested that super agent Jorge Mendes is attempting to seal a transfer to the Reds.

What position does Fabio Carvalho play in?

Carvalho primarily plays in a central attacking midfield role, though he can also play on either wing if required.

How good is Fabio Carvalho?

Carvalho was born in Lisbon, but represents England at youth level as he is now eligible after living in the United Kingdom for an extended period.

In May of 2020, he signed his first professional contract with Fulham, and in the 2020/21 season he made his debut in a League Cup victory against Sheffield Wednesday.

A year after signing his first pro deal, he made his Premier League debut against Chelsea and a couple of weeks later scored his first senior goal in the top flight in a loss against Southampton.

In the 2021/22 campaign, he has impressed so far, scoring seven goals and recording two assists in 13 starts.

Carvalho has all the tools required to be a top performer in the number 10 position.

He is particularly talented at receiving the ball to feet in midfield with his back to goal and spinning quickly to face the other way, allowing him to drive forward into the final third.

His close control is magnificent and that allows him to play in tight spaces inside the box, too.

Carvalho's runs in behind the opposition backline evoke memories of early Dele Alli.

Following his goal against Southampton last season, then manager Scott Parker said:

“Carvalho is a big positive.

“Massive positive for us because he’s the one who’s going to be here, he’s a player that is really bright and can bring something to this team and you saw that today.

“We’ve seen his quality today, we’ve seen him scoring and assisting at an under-23 level but now he’s been around first-team players, he’s pushed on and done that as well.

I don’t want to heap too much on Fabio because he’s still a young boy but the future’s bright for him and he’s someone that I really like."

What clubs are interested in Fabio Carvalho?

The Daily Mail reports that Real Madrid are keeping a keen eye on Carvalho's development.

As many as 10 Premier League sides are supposedly interested also, including Liverpool.

According to the Daily Mail, super agent Jorge Mendes is currently attempting to orchestrate a transfer to Anfield for Carvalho.

Should his current level of performance continue, Fulham may receive offers as early as January.

Crucially, he is free to talk to clubs about a free transfer in the summer of 2022 in January as his contract expires the following June.

He has allegedly turned down the offer of an extended deal.

The latest development, as reported by the Sun, is that Liverpool hope to seal a transfer in the January transfer window.

When does Fabio Carvalho’s contract expire?

Carvalho's contract with Fulham expires in June of 2022.

How old is Fabio Carvalho?

Carvalho was born on 30 August 2002, making him 19-years-old.

What is Fabio Carvalho's height?

Carvalho is five-feet-nine-inches tall.

What is Fabio Carvalho's Instagram?

Carvalho's Instagram has 25k followers as of November 2021.